Saturday, 4 January 2014

2013 Travels - December - Rome

This is the final post in the series of my travels during 2013 and covers the second week in December when we spent five nights in Rome - The Eternal City.

The weather was good (certainly when compared with England!) with sunny days and a temperature of around 14C. The one really big advantage was the lack of queues at the tourist attractions. There is so much to see in Rome that you do not want to spend time queuing. We spent four full days and still did not see everything!

We had rented an apartment with this great view of St Peters and the Vatican City.
Stars over Vatican City
Stars over Vatican City
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On our first full day we did what most visitors to Rome do, and that was visit the Colosseum and the Forum.
The Colosseum
The Colosseum
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The Roman Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was commissioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian. It was completed by his son, Titus, in 80, with later improvements by Domitian.
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
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The Roman Forum, (Forum Romanum), was the central area of the city around which ancient Rome developed. It was designed by the architect Vitruvius with proportions 3:2 (length to width).  From left to right are the remains of the Temple of Castor & Pollux, the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Saturn.

The following day we visited St Peters and the Vatican City. We climbed to the very top of St Peter's Dome taking an elevator to the roof level and then climbing 320 steps inside the dome to reach the platform at the very top - fortunately the view was worth it!
Overlooking St Peter's Square
Overlooking St Peter's Square
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View from the top of the dome of St Peter's Basilica overlooking St Peter's Square. It was taken early in December and the Christmas tree is being erected and the thousands of spots are plastic chairs.

After leaving St Peters we went into the Vatican Museum and, amongst other things, we visited the Sistene Chapel where the view of the ceiling is magnificent - unfortunately photography is not allowed there. I did however take this view looking down the spiral staircase in the museum.
Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museum
Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museum
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The Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museum, with a Christmas Tree at the bottom. It was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. It is shaped like a double helix, made of two intertwined spirals; one leading down and the other upwards.

Finally, as it was December while we were in Rome, I will end with this image showing the Christmas lights along the Via Mario de Fiori at the junction with Via Condotti, near the Spanish Steps, Rome.
Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights
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You can view more of the images I took in Rome on my Flickr account.

As usual, all of these photos are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including as greeting cards or iphone cases from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.

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